Road conditions remain difficult across most of the eastern half of Minnesota more than a day after a storm dumped snow totals ranging from 6 to 18 inches.
A study recommended the city instead negotiate an agreement with Xcel to buy greener forms of energy.
Twin Cities & Western railroad company has rejected a proposal to re-route its trains through St. Louis Park and the Counties Transit Improvement Board has now given Minneapolis and St. Louis Park until the end of June to settle their differences, or else funding could be revoked.
Investigators have been unable to determine the cause of a fire that killed five children in north Minneapolis on Friday.
The council is developing strategic priorities that will guide the city over the next four years. A draft of those goals includes eliminating racial inequities in housing, education, income and health.
An investigation is under way, and five people are now confirmed dead, at least three of them children, after fire swept through the second floor of a duplex in north Minneapolis on Friday.
Fire crews were called to the neighborhood at about 5 a.m. on a report of smoke in the area. They found a fire in a duplex at 2818 Colfax Ave. N. where 15 people were living. Minneapolis Fire Chief John Fruetel said firefighters attempted to rescue people in the building in what he called very precarious conditions.
Hennepin County has given the city of Minneapolis until the end of the year to institute a residential composting program.
The Minneapolis mayor wrote to city workers today: "I also want to thank those employees who came forward and cooperated in the investigation" that led to the ouster of Rocco Forte, the city's former emergency management director.
Rocco Forte, a well-known Minneapolis crisis manager who led the city's response to the Interstate 35W bridge collapse, quit in 2011 during a misconduct inquiry that likely would have resulted in his firing, documents obtained by MPR News show.
The company that runs freight trains along part of the planned Southwest light rail line in Minneapolis today raised safety concerns about a new proposal to move its freight traffic to St. Louis Park.
As of a year ago, there were about 350 homeless veterans counted in the entire state of Minnesota, said Cathy ten Broeke, the state director to prevent and end homelessness. In the last five years, the number of homeless veterans in Hennepin and Ramsey counties has dropped by half to fewer than 200.
The new St. Louis Park option eliminates the two-story tall earthen berms called for in earlier designs, but there are still lots of problems with the proposal, said St. Louis Park City Council Member Jake Spano.
Today, the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women proposed legislation that would extend the time police have to arrest a person accused of misdemeanor domestic assault.
The Metropolitan Council plans to channel more money to parts of the Twin Cities with large minority populations and high rates of poverty.